This recording of Boito´s Mefistófele took place at the performances in the Teatro Colón at Buenos Aires during the 1983 Opera Season . The cast was superb with a Nicolai Ghiuselev singing at his best The bulgarian bass has this rich tone , very similar to Ghiaurov , wich suits very well the role .
No one in my opinion outdoes Samuel Ramey in sheer power and diabolical delight in singing Mefistofele. The same can be said for Placido Domingo as Faust and Eva Marton as Margarita. Although not well known outside of Hungary, the other women recorded here sing well and provide a good foil to Ramey and Domingo – who are by far the stars and, at times, scene stealers.
First off, I must confess to having an incredible fondness for this score, and my love for it grows all the more each time I hear it. It is definite proof of Boito's genius, not only as the most literate of all Italian librettists but as a fine musician in his own right .This Capriccio set (sourced from Bulgaria) makes this set a standout , the overall excellence of all 3 principals; they are, as a group, the strongest of any set now available.
Although Boito's Mefistofele has some wonderful music in it, it really neads a strong cast–particularly in the title role–to make it work. The opera fades from view, only to be periodically rediscovered from time to time when an opera company wants to show off a stellar bass-baritone. Today, Samuel Ramey is the most famous interpreter of the role, and deservedly so…